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5.0 out of 5 stars time enough for love
Another classic from a word smith of consumate skill . TIME ENOUGH FOR LOVE , is a review of a life spanning more than two thousand years by the now legendary Lazarus Long .
some times sad sometimes comical but always , and in all ways a very hard book to put down
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3.0 out of 5 stars ". . . a rare gift for extrapolating the possibilities of any situation -- then twisting it to suit his own purposes."
Mr Heinlein's novels, although mostly fatally flawed in some (often small) respect, can be placed in roughly two categories: those that are generally well-esteemed and those that are not (and any list, even Wikipedia, will tell you which is which). This has the good fortune to be in the former category and is mostly to be enjoyed after reading solid adventure novels like...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heinlein at his best, 12 Dec 2012
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One of Heinlein's "Future History" stories - the stories of Lazarus Long and the Howard foundation, A great shame Heinlein is no longer with us
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heinlein at his best, 12 Aug 2012
I have always been a fan of Heinleins work, and this is one of his best. His greatest attribute is the way he brings characters to life, the main character Woodrow Wilson Smith ( Lazurus Long )is a case in point. Basically the story of his life but spanning centuries this is a story beautifully told with moments of joy and sorrow which you get share with him.
Its easy to forget that this is a science fiction book, so well does the story flow.
If you havent read Methuselahs children you probably need to start there as the main characters story begins here.
Read both of these and then go back and get all his other works, if you like these you wont be disappointed.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Mein Kampf with Incest, 29 Oct 2008
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Mr. P. Rigby "sharkgun" (wigan, england) - See all my reviews
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Science fiction as a literary genre is closest to the avant-garde traditions. At it's best it explores new ideas, questions taboos, twists reality and sometimes, as in Frankenstein, pervert natural law. It also has a glorious history of hacks, ugly pulp prose, unfortunate career histories and down right bad taste.

Heinlein's `classic' TIME ENOUGH FOR LOVE reads with the patience of someone who has learned his craft and knows how to put a ripping yarn together.

The vast majority of the book contains `westerns in space' and allows Lazarus Long, the larger than life main character, to wax his home spun wisdom he has gained after living for hundreds of years.

It's the sequel to the short novel, written a number of years earlier, called METHUSALAS CHILDREN. A quick hit adventure story, neatly plotted and tightly spun. TEFL, three times the length at 600 pages, meanders wistfully at first before going into an overly relaxed trudge through yet another story were LL is awesome, again and everyone thinks he is the money.

LLs `wisdom' basically mirrors, what I understand to be, Heinlein's own right wing philosophies of small state free trade capitalism (yeah, the one that's collapsing around our heads) and liberated sexual attitudes.

The economic arguments vary from common sense to arrogance, rarely falling in between. The other topic of...cough cough...'love' rapidly descends into what can only be called the fantasies of a dirty old man. It really is unfortunate that the more passionate a section gets (which is mercifully brief) the more it sounds like your granddad telling you about sex.

Whilst the questionable humour of the incestuous Howard family that builds up around LL (rape is funny when it's friends, apparently) and the incredibly irritating use of the word `dear' by everyone could probably have been overlooked as bad taste in the name of art. Unfortunately the third main theme in the book, eugenics, seems not only dated but also exposes a strong fascist tendency in a call to strengthen genetic purity. Yeah. This is when I had to decide if I was going to carry on reading. I did out of respect for his reputation as one f the great science fiction writers. I write this review so that you don't need to make the same mistake. Mein Kampf with incest when I could have been reading PKD, Bester or Aldiss. Now that's homespun wisdom.

The history of eugenics is well documented. As is the public attitude before WWII when it was a polite topic for family conversation. This, primarily, is what makes TEFL of questionable value in my opinion. Coming out in the 70s, I find it difficult to believe that this was allowed to stand. It is no wonder that PKD referred to Heinlein as a nazi. Anyway, back to the novel.

The female characters in the book all act like nymphomaniacs and all without exception declare an unconvincingly desperate desire to be pregnant. The male characters are generally submissive sheep who LL can tell what to do. In fact towards the end of the book he has taught them al so well that they all sound like desperate versions of him.

If science fiction is genre of ideas, how does TEFL stand up though?

Well, poorly.

The main idea of longevity, which was explored brilliantly in the earlier novel, here becomes an excuse for LL to recount cowboy stories that again explain just how brilliant he is. There's some time travel that again is simply a mechanism to tell the waltons-esque final story that ends the novel with an unbelievable and frankly disturbing Freudian twist.

Unless you love westerns about weird sex, which makes this book sound far more interesting than it actually is, I'd not bother.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Clasic, 9 Mar 2013
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